Rosie O'Donnell Introduces New Girlfriend as "Partner"

Celebrity News Oct. 11, 2011 AT 9:48AM
Rosie O'Donnell Introduces New Girlfriend as "Partner" Credit: Taylor Hill/WireImage.com

When Rosie O'Donnell's new OWN talk show premiered Monday, the 49-year-old comic had one very special person backstage for moral support: Her new girlfriend, Michelle Rounds.

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Making their public debut as a couple at last month's Rosie Theater Kids Gala in New York City, O'Donnell and Rounds, a New York City IT headhunter, had no problem settling in to O'Donnell's new digs in Chicago.

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In fact, the talk show host quickly made her girlfriend feel welcome at Harpo Studios, where her series tapes. "Rosie brought Michelle to the studio on Friday and gave her a tour," a source at The Rosie Show tells Us Weekly.

"She is very attractive and friendly. Rosie was really proud and showing her off, and introducing her as 'my partner' -- which was a little surprising, since they are newly dating," continues the source. "They seem really happy though and were holding hands and Rosie had a lot of fun showing her around the show."

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After Monday's live show, O'Donnell and her new girlfriend celebrated the premiere with a leisurely three-hour dinner at Chicago's Paris Club, dining on goat cheese au gratin, french onion fondue, steak frites and other items along with O'Donnell's daughter, Chelsea.

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O'Donnell has four children with ex-wife Kelli Carpenter, whom she married in 2007. They split three years later. O'Donnell dated mother of six Tracy Kachtick-Anders for one year before calling it quits last winter.

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